Why Male Hormonal Acne Are More Difficult to Treat and How to Get Rid of Male Acne

Why Male Hormonal Acne Are More Difficult to Treat and How to Get Rid of Male Acne

Acne is not just women and teens problem. Over 25% of acne sufferers are men and this includes not just adolescents but actually grow up and otherwise very macho guys.  In fact, during last decade the median age of people with acne (including men) has risen by almost 23%, from 20.5 years to about 26.5 years old.. In addition guys have obviously less chance to camouflage acne with makeup while at the same time their acne is usually more difficult to treat, and a general trend is for men to be more concerned with their appearance, and more focused ( and spending) on their looks including wellness, grooming and clothes.

What is Male Hormonal Acne?


Acne is a manifestation of internal imbalance that leads to overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dead skin cells and dirt creates an ideal condition for bacteria to grow and this, in turn, will cause an inflammation that presents itself as ACNE (pimples, cysts, blackheads, whiteheads etc).

The most potent stimulator of sebaceous glands are the male hormones known as androgens or testosterone.  While both women and men actually produce all three types of sexual hormones (testosterone, estrogen and progesterone) naturally men secrete much more restore and therefore their cases of hormonal acne may be more severe and prevailing (chronic). In addition- testosterone level increase due exercise and as it helps to build muscle mass and lose fat, it also, as in our society still more men (and boys)  are engaged in strenuous or even excessive physical activities, their acne bounds are even more difficult to treat.

Understanding that androgen related hormones can influence sebaceous gland secretions is only part of the story. Only 1-2% of these hormones circulate freely in the blood; the other 98% are bound to a protein called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). If the androgen hormones are bound to SHBG in the blood they will not cause acne, it is only the "free form" of DHT and DHEAS that can cause the sebaceous glands to make more sebum. Since men naturally have more testosterone related hormones in their bodies, it is more likely that more of the analogs (DHT & DHEAS) may be found in the free form leading to an increased risk of acne.

How to get rid of male hormonal acne?


Obviously guys being guys-have more testosterone.

There are two major approaches to acne treatment

  1. To control  the symptoms (in this case the focus is on killing some bacteria and shortening or limiting infection without really breaking the cycle of acne and returning sebaceous glands to the “normal” activity)
  2. To PREVENT new acne from coming by modulating  the factors that actually  over-stimulate sebaceous glands, and by doing this,  stopping the acne cycle

 Most of the products that are promoted to control acne symptoms such as non-prescription gels, creams, lotions, pads etc help just to exfoliate and cleanse the skin  and include two familiar ingredients:

  • benzoyl peroxide,
  • salicylic acid,  or glycolic acid,

As those products may help- they usually do NOT break the acne cycle and may also irritate, dry and prematurely age the skin.

The more “serious” treatment options include:

  • Antibiotics taken orally or rubbed into the skin that may help controlling bacteria.
  • Vitamin A derivatives, known as retinoids, or ( internally) isotretinoin.

Here the world of caution is required. Antibiotics may cause a number of side effects such as stomach problems, allergic reaction, UV rays sensitivity and as a result higher probability of skin cancer: and finally their overuse leads to developing antibiotics resistant strains of bacteria that represent a serious danger to our health. Isotretinoin (brand name Accutane) is presently a subject of class action suit for its serious adverse effects have been taken off the market while its generic forms are still in use with serious health warning including possible  liver toxicity, inflammatory bowel disease, hair loss and even potential depression and suicidal tendencies in younger males.

Even some supplements designed to “help” acne can actually cause other problems.  Too much zinc can cause anemia and this can lead to a more severe infection and too much vitamin A – a vision problems. 

However the safe and natural solution is available.  AcnEase®AcnEase®, an all botanical and clinically tested acne treatment is such solution What is important AcnEase is not only no–mess, no-fuss treatment that can easily be used by guys on a go (just take it with your meals or snacks and be on your way) but most importantly it does not contain any phytoestrogens, (women-like hormones) does not directly affect your testosterone levels, and does not contain gluten, sugar or milk derivatives. It is however tested for safety and it is up to 80% effective in improving male hormonal acne. A unique all natural formula of AcnEase will help control existing acne but most importantly will PREVENT new acne from forming what is really the only way to treat acne breakouts.


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